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noticeable, has yet to be seen. >> japan's east coast, hit with a 23-foot tsunami, shortly after the quake struck. police along the country's northeast coast, report finding the bodies of two to three hundred people, japan railways working to find a missing passenger train. while the government reports the giant wave swept away a ship, carrying about 100 people. >> unfortunately we expect to get more reports like those, 8.9 magnitude quake is japan's worst on record as we say, one of the worst in world history. and rocked cities hundreds of miles from epicenter an spawned dozens and dozens, as we hear it of aftershocks. >> look at one of japan's three nuke we're power plants, that are having some problems right now, the worst in the city of onahana where police ordered evacuations where a fire disabled a cooling system there. no reports of radiation leaking, secretary of state hillary clinton says the u.s. is sending coolant. >> there are fires as well, though, burning across the region with several major explosions, and japanese oil an chemical plants, you are looking at one over the oil
. >> i think the events unfolding in japan incidence actually appear to be more serious than three mile island. to what extent we don't really know now. so as their unfolding very rapidly on an hour by hour, day-by-day basis and there are conflicting reports. we don't really know in detail what's happening. >> we're at a moment in time where, obviously, all of us are heartbroken by the images of what the happening in japan. we're reminded of how american leadership is critical to our closest allies even if those allies are economically advanced and powerful, there are moments when we need our help and we're bound together by a common humanity. >> all right. welcome to "morning joe." a live look at times square. it is thursday, march 17th, st. patrick's day, with us on set, pulitzer prize-winning historian, jon meacham, the chairman of deutsch incorporated, donny deutsch and columnist for "the new york times," nicholas kristof. also in washington, msnbc contributor mike barnicle. a lot going on today. japan looking graver and graver by the moment. >> certainly is. it seems, there's been
. >> the situation appears more bleak by the day. >> dual disaster crippling japan. >> earthquake victims force today move away from the nuclear site as the crisis continues to get worse. >> radiation levels south of the plant spiked to 300 times the normal level today. >> pictures of smoke coming out of one of the reactors. >> new ruptures and fires releasing yet more radiation into the air in northern japan. >> none of us had any traces of radioactivity. when they checked our shoes, they did find. >> good thing or bad thing? >> that's a bad thing. >> inside the plant, those brave workers are still on the job. >> photos show extensive damage at three of four reactors there. >> plant workers in shifts of 50 are back at their posts. >> the fukushima nuclear plant for nearly an hour. >> 45 minutes later said they were allowing workers back. >> they crawl through the lib rinths of equipment in darkness with only their flashlight. >> there's the race to help victims homeless in a cold, japanese winter. >> nbc's lee cowan çmade it ba to tokyo. temperatures have dipped well below freezing, it is snowing
away in tokyo a meeting of japan's prime minister at parliament turned to utter chaos. >> they're showing a city now on japanese television that looks like it's almost completely on fire. >> sparked fires in homes across the country and an oil refinery, a nuclear power plant shut down but no radiation escaped. closed airports. japan's famous bullet train shut down stranding hundreds of commuters. and then, a 23-foot wall of water crashed ashore. the tsunami sweeping away everything in its path. small boats smashed to bits. cars upturned and bobbing in the water. ships smashing against each other in part and a report of a ship with 100 people swept away. here's the latest on the devastation now. police in japan say 200 to 300 bodies have been found in sendai, the city closest to the epicenter. japanese tv reports as many as 4 million buildings in tokyo and their surrounding suburbs without power. scientists now say this quake is the fifth largest in the world since 1900. and it's the largest ever recorded in japan. a little more than an hour ago the first waves hit the u.s. main
radius to stay inside. we'll take a look at the difference between the u.s. recommendation and what japan is doing and saying. that's coming up later in the show. >> there is a big divide growing on that. many foreigners in japan trying to get out of the country. thousands of travelers packing tokyo's main airport. look at scene. many of them saying better safe than sorry. >> i'm worried with they are sharing about it and whether they are in control. not understanding japanese, it's a concern for me. >> i'm going home. the decision is not very clearly. so this decision is not difficult. but the situation is dangerous. so we have to leave. martha: the scramble is on to get out. several european airlines rerouted flights head for tokyo, now those travelers have to find their way to the southern part of the country. the faa say they are monitoring the situation. rick: the concern about radiation reaching the u.s. west coast. the feds are deploying radiation monitors in the area. it does not expect harmful radiation levels to reach the u.s. it posts that data on the web site. in japan the dis
i'm norah o'donnell live in washington. we bin in japan where the nuclear nightmare appears to be getting worse by the hour. a short time ago the u.n.'s nuclear agency said today that the latest explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant may have damaged the outer shell around one of the reactors. a no-fly zone has been imposed for nearly 20 miles in case of more radiation. earlier spikes in radiation levels forced an evacuation of 70,000 people. at the same time some of the most powerful aftershocks in days rocked the country today compounding the sense of fear and desperation among millions of earthquake survivors. chris jansing is live for us in tokyo with latest. chris, there are concerns about this nuclear catastrophe now. what are you hearing is the latest? >> reporter: well, where you are in washington there's a very well-respected nuclear watchdog group that concurs not only that this is worse nan three mile island, but they say the situation has worsened considerableab considerablely and they believe it can reach a 7, equal to chernobyl. that depends on a lot of appro
aftershocks. japan's index, the nikkei nose dived. the stock average fell 10.6%, down as much as 14% off one point during the day as worries of more reactor explosions increased. tokyo electric power stock, the owner of these reactors fell nearly 25% today. a look at our markets today, as you see, red arrows across the board. the dow jones down by 215 points. it's only 11:00 a.m. it's a reaction to what we have seen overseas and many market analysts did expect this. i'm thomas roberts. great to have you with me. japanese officials did raise the death toll to more than 2,700 people today but thousands more are still missing and boys continue to wash ashore. 400,000 people are homeless battling cold and windy conditions. nbc's ian williams is innia ma ga ta with the latest on the rescue and aid operations. >> good morning from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capabl
, chuck and savannah. >>> in japan, teams head back into the crippled nuclear plant after a radiation surge forced the 50 workers out. a slow moving nightmare. >>> flash point in bahrain. at least six people dead after riot police drive out protesters. saudi troops are on the ground and now, the iranians are speaking out. >>> and a budget passes the house, but a possibility of a government shutdown actually really looms now. i know we've said it before, but we mean it this time. savannah is on assignment. let's get to the rundown. we're going to begin in japan where workers are in a desperate race to cool the six reactors before one or maore erupt into full squal meltdown. these are new images out this morning showing extensive damage to three of the four reactors. smoke poured from one while a fire burned at another. radiation levels rose so high that those 50 workers had to be pulled out. the concrete and steel surrounding two of the cores may have been breached. radiation levels south of the plant spiked at 300 times the normal level. today, officials say the level rs stable now. a
earthquake and tsunami slammed northern japan. >> president obama will answer reporters' questions in an hour. today's natural disaster, libya's civil war, rising gas prices, all of those things on his radar, and right now in houston, texas, doctors are updating the condition of arizona congresswoman gabrielle giffords, shot in the head, you may recall, at the first medical briefing since late january. we'll get an update on that. i now want to go to tokyo, japan, that's where our kyung lah is there, and if you could, set the scene for us. what do we know right now? >>. >> reporter: well, what i want to tell you, suzanne, is kind of take a look behind me. it's after 1:00 a.m. here in tokyo, and the city is virtually stuck in gridlock here. this is a city of 13 million people, and these millions of people are still trying to get home right now because even though the earthquake struck in the mid-afternoon here friday, people are still trying to get home because the rail lines are shut down. the other problem, if you take a look up above, above the road here. that's the highway. many highways h
to the earthquake and tsunami in japan. from the white house, this is about 50 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. before i begin, i want to say a few words about the terrible tsunami that struck japan today. first and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of japan. this is potentially a catastrophic disaster. images of the destruction and flooding coming out of japan are simply heartbreaking. japan is, of course, one of our strongest and closest allies. and this morning i spoke with prime minister kan. on behalf of the american people, i conveyed our deepest condolences and offered our japanese friends whatever assistance is needed. we currently have an aircraft carrier in japan, and another is on its way. we also have a ship en route to the islands to assist as needed. the defense department is working to account for all our military personnel in japan. u.s. embassy personnel in tokyo moved to an offsite location. and the state department is working to account for and assist any and all american citizens who are in the country. tsunami warnings have been issued across the pacif
that's happening in japan and not in the united states. >> is california prepared for a major earthquake? >> we clearly considered things like tsunamis and earthquakes. >> ironically while we are debating the budget here, on the other side of the aisle calls for 20% reduction in the national weather service. >> in washington, house democrats, house republicans get the spending cuts they want, including cuts for tsunami warning. >> the tsunami warning center has been cut. what does that mean? >> that gets people's attention when you hear that the pacific tsunami warning center has been cut. >> house republicans are defending cuts to foreign aid and ocean safety. >> this really is going to be crunch time the next three weeks. >> it will be the sixth, count them, sixth bill for this fiscal year. >> good evening from los angeles. right now, workers at japan's fukushima nuclear plant are trying to put out a fire at its number 4 reactor unit. the fire erupted in the outer housing of the reactor's containment vessel. last night, the storage pool of that same reactor caught fire. offi
plants. now a look at her remarks. this is about 35 minutes. the earth shook in japan. 9.0 on the richter scale and the worst earthquake to hit japan in its recorded modern history. its epicenter was about 100 kilometers earth of the city of sen day and about -- sedona and about -- sendai and north of toke tokyo. a 10 meter high tsunami wave hit the east coast of the japanese main island of hunchu and created terrible devastation. the evening of the same day the news came that in one of the reactors of the nuclear facility in fukushima one the cooling system had failed and that in the facility a fire had broken out. the japanese government declared a nuclear state of emergency. during the following days and nights many aftershocks shook the country and it continues to this day. earthquakes and tsunamis have devastated large swaths of land of japan's northeast region and entire townships were obliterated. the number of victims is increasing. day by day. and we don't know actually how many they are. too many people are still mi
in japan continues with two more earthquakes measuring over 6.0 in the south and north of japan, killing four people. this is on top of the dozens of aftershocks after the 9.0 quake. the death toll could top 10,000. the aftershocks shaking an already crippled nation. there was a fourth incident at the nuclear plant. a fire broke out in plant number four. >> let's get the latest from sherry ly in the news room. sherry, good morning? >> reporter: good morning, allison and steve. workers at the plant were briefly evacuated last night and they are now preparing to go back in. international teams are in place to help the japanese but the threat of nuclear meltdown may be growing. yet another fire at the fukushima nuclear plant and a spike in radiation levels forced the 50 remaining workers there to seek shelter and temporarily suspend the work to cool down reactors. >> i think the very imminent dangers to those people who live around and also may have a more profound effect for the people who live even hundreds or thousands of miles away. >> reporter: buss are evacuating people living miles a
outside of japan. fears over a nuclear meltdown continue to grow. crews are racing to stop the meltdown. some say it may be too late. we turn to david piper who is in the ykoto air base west of tokyo. hey, david. >>reporter: yes, desperate measures now are being taking place in the overheating reactor in the fukushima plant 120 miles northeast of here. they are using helicopters to dump huge buckets full of water on the cooling pond of the reactor. pots of two other reactors are boiling at this time. the chairman warned there is no water left in the spent fuel of plant number four resulting in what is extremely high radiation levels. the japanese government nevertheless have no plan to expand the 12 mile exclusion zone. the u.s. ambassador to japan said the situation is deteriorating and warned citizens to leave the area or remain indoors. the state department said the u.s. government has chartered aircraft to help americans leave japan. we are also understand that any american citizen that has no money they can get a flight out from hanita airport and that allows them to get out of the
on libya coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe." >>> exactly one week after japan's quake and tsunami, a frantic effort is underway to stem the crisis at the fukushima nuclear plant. the complex's third unit is the main priority since water there is thought to be dangerously low. in a possible setback today, smoke rose from one of the buildings as crews worked to reconnect power to critical systems. the international atomic energy agency is reporting the severity rating of the nuclear crisis has been raised from 4 to 5, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 being the worst that would suggest a level of seriousness on par with the three mile accident in the united states in 1979. up to 64 tons of water was dropped in the overreheated reactors yesterday. and the agency says a cable has been restored to the cooling pumps at the second reactor in the plant. throughout the week the japanese government has been criticized about poor communication and the situation. for now the government says it has no plans to expand its mandatory 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant. for more on the
how we avoid what happened in japan, let's have a conversation, but to rush forward on plans to building all those plants, it's crazy without that check first. >> cenk, of course, tonight at 6:00 p.m. eastern. >>> that will do it for us. from. >>> danger in the pacific. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm crist matt thew in washington. leading off tonight, fear and confusion. hard as it may be to imagine, japan's nuclear crisis seems to be getting worse. there are concerns about all six reactors it the crippled fukushima plant. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission here says rad agmay be at lethal levels, requires workers to leave the area. our own correspondents have returned from the field with traces of radiation themselves on their clothing. we'll have an update at the scene on the plant and how the country is coping with twin catastrophes. >>> plus thor incredible workers at the plant itself,ç these bre selfless technicians are taking risks few of us can imagine and fewer still could attempt. the latest on the face will you see nameless heroes risking
and confusion. hard as it may be to imagine, japan's nuclear crisis seems to be getting worse. there are concerns about all six reactors it the crippled fukushima plant. there is a lot of confusion about how badly they are damaged. the head of the nuclear regulatory commission here says radiation may be at lethal levels at this point. it may force workers to leave the area, keeping them from preventing a full nuclear meltdown. our own correspondents have returned from the field with traces of radiation themselves on their clothing. we'll have an update at the scene on the plant and how the country is coping with twin catastrophes. >>> plus, those incredible workers at the plant itself. these brave technicians are taking risks few of us can imam and fewer still could attempt. the latest tonight on the heroes risking it all to save everyone else. >>> it's also said truth is the first casualty of war. the same could be said about a nuclear crisis. can we trust what we hear from japanese officials over there? in fact, whom can we trust? here at home we're hearing what really happe
and this is "fox news sunday." japan is rocked by a huge earthquake, and then a devastating tsunami. that killed hundreds and damaged two nuclear plants. we'll have the latest from japan and talk with a nuclear safety expert. then congress deadlocks over the budget as gas prices climb. we'll discuss both with the senate top republican mitch mcconnell. two budget hawks sell a bipartisan plan to cut the deficit. we'll sit down with senators mark warner and saxby chambliss. plus, the latest on libya. what can and should president obama do to oust muammar gaddafi? we'll ask our sunday panel. and our power player of the week. the undercover provacateur strikes again. all right now on "fox news sunday." and hello again, from fox news in washington. here is the latest on the situation in japan. officials there now fear more than 10,000 people may have been killed in the earthquake and the tsunami. they are fighting partial meltdown at two nuclear reactors and more than 170,000 people have been evacuated from around the plants as a precaution. for more, we turn to fox news correspondent gre
's key generals and diplomats switched sides after he launched a bloody crackdown last week. >>> in japan, levels of radioactive iodine in tokyo's water system, they dropped significantly today. officials say it is now safe for babies to drink tap water or for parents who use tap water in formula. but still the city handed out about a quarter million bottles of water today to homes with kids. >>> two fukushima nuclear workers are now in the hospital today for possible radiation poisoning. the men stepped in a puddle while laying cable at the plant. water seeped through the protective clothing that they were wearing and got on their legs. a third worker was wearing boots high enough to cover his skin. >>> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu promises to act vigorously, he says, following a bus bombing. the terror attack in jerusalem killed one person and wounded more than 50. israel's ambassador to the u.s. says that the bombing does not appear related to militants' recent rocket attacks on southern israel. >>> defense secretary robert gates met with his israeli counterpart in tel avi
and more troubling radiation tests results trigg triggering a run on bottled water japan. wrench? wrench. basic. preferred. at meineke i have options on oil changes. and now i get free roadside assistance with preferred or supreme. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> monitoring some of the other top stories in the "situation room," including developments, deadly unrest in syria, what's going on? >> witnesses say syrian security forces open fire on antigovernment protester killing 15 of them. syrian troops deny that. today, the president fired the governor of the province where pro testifies have been taking place for several days now. a man accused of trying to bomb a martin luther king pray in spoke cane is being arraigned in federal government. he's being charged with attempting of using a withen of mass destruction. the bomb was covered around the parade route on mlk day and disabled. the organization that monitors the groups said he visited white supremacist hate groups. >>> and it's been a year since president obama signed health care reform bill into law. 37% of americans support
this morning on both sides of the pacific. we begin our coverage with the latest from japan. two worker at the fukushima nuclear plant have been rushed to the hospital. a total of three workers of the plant stepped in radioactive water. no word on the condition of those workers or why the third worker wasn't hospitalized. >>> officials say new tests show that tokyo tap water is again safe for babies. a previous test raised concerns about radioactive material levels. authorities still plan to distribute bottles water to parents. >>> a hold on foods imported from the region around that damaged plant. russia joins the united states, australia, singapore and hong kong in imposing restrictions. >>> tiny amounts of radiation from japan have turned up in the western united states. air monitors in portland, oregon, detected trace amounts. health officials insist the amount is so small, there is no health risk. no need to buy those potassium iodide pills. >> there continues to be no health concern, no health risk to people in oregon. i would strongly suggest that people take whatever money they
at noathat is furloughed for 21 days, if you live in japan or you live on the pacific coast or there are some tornadoes in the midwest, tough luck. we had to furlough those employees who would have warned you to evacuate the low-lying areas in the oregon-california coast and in hawaii but, no, they have targeted massive cuts at the noaa budget. $450 million. it's estimated that noaa would have, because of the time of year, 21 days of furloughs for all its employees. $110 million in cuts to the national weather service. a big cut to state disaster preparedness plans. so right now our emergency operation centers in oregon, in california, in hawaii are in full swing, and the reason that they are able to be in touch with people in scattered coastal communities, in relatively difficult areas is because of the federal assistance that we've given to them to set up these centers. and under the republicans' budget, we would cut $206 million from state emergency operation centers. now, where are the states going to get the money in this ba climate? i guess those places won't be tended to either. we won
. >>> our issues this sunday, disaster in japan. as a massive earthquake rocks the country. leaving hundreds dead and thousands missing. all eyes are on two nuclear reactors, crippled in the disaster as fears grow over a possible nuclear meltdown. we'll get the very latest. >>> meanwhile, back at home, president obama weighs the use of force in libya. and the clock clicks towards a government shutdown as both sides dig in. >> here's what we know. the republicans in the house passed a budget that has been now rejected in the senate. they are not going to get 100% of what they want. >> democrats want the president to fight with them but so far they say he's remained on the sidelines. with us, chuck schumer of new york. then could this finally be the unofficial start of the 2012 campaign? >> we will reclaim this land and make it greater and greater and greater. >> nothing we have seen in our lifetime as comparable to the level of depth we have to go to get this country back on the right track. >> our exclusive guests this morning, another potential 2012 candidate and a governor on the
. "morning joe" starts right now. >>> i am confident japan will recover and rebuild because the strength and spirit of the japanese people. over the last few days they've opened up their homes to one another, they've shared scarce resources of food and water, they've organized shelters, provided free medical care and looked out for their most vulnerable citizens. >> one man put it simply. it's a japanese thing. when hard times hit, we have to help each other. >> good morning. it is friday, march 18th. top of the hour, 6:00 on the east coast. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, financeer and "morning joe" economic analyst, a new title, steven rattner and columnist for "the new york times," bob herbert is back with us. msnbc political analyst is in washington, pat buchanan. >> he's back. >> and willie geist. >> you've been to paradise, now you have. get over it. >> thank you, willie, for coming back. >> we have a couple big stories today. japan keeps unfolding but also the united nations security council makes a big move on libya last night. we'll be talking about that and the ramifi
representative mike pence. >> woodruff: spencer michels looks at the science behind tsunamis and whether japan's crisis is a wake-up call for the united states. >> government scientists here in seattle say their tsunami warning systems saved a lot of lives but they're not sure what would happen if the big one hits the pacific northwest. >> brown: and margaret warner updates the political chaos and escalating violence in the african nation of ivory coast. that all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> you can't manufacture pride, but pride builds great cars. and you'll find it in the people at toyota, all across america. >> auto companies make huge profits. >> last year, chevron made a lot of money. >> where does it go? >> every penny and more went into bringing energy to the world. >> the economy is tough right now, everywhere. >> we pumped $21 million into local economies, into small businesses, communities, equipment, materials. >> that money could make a big difference to a lot of people. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. d
earthquake and massive tsunami rocked japan. the death toll officially now is around 1400 but officials fear 10,000 could be dead in flooded areas in the northeastern region of the country. search-and-rescue operations continue. millions are without power. hundreds of thousands in temporary shelters and on top of all that horrible news increasing fears of a growing nuclear crisis and the threat of nuclear meltdowns at the fukushima complex. officials say an explosion could occur at unit three which may already be officially in partial meltdown. we have all aspects of this developing story. we'll get an official update from japan's ambassador the united states and i moment as well as analysis about nuclear concerns on the ground from the president of the nuclear energy institute. but first we'll go live to tokyo where nbc's lester holt joins us for the very latest. lester, tell us what's going on the ground right now with rescue efforts. >> chuck, i can tell you this is truly a three pronged disaster. it's a 9.0 earthquake. the usgs listed it as 8.9. be the officials here, the japanese did th
days, if you live in japan or you live on the pacific coast or there are some tornadoes in the midwest, tough luck. we had to furlough those employees who would have warned you to evacuate the low-lying areas in the oregon-california coast and in hawaii but, no, they have targeted massive cuts at the noaa budget. $450 million. it's estimated that noaa would have, because of the time of year, 21 days of furloughs for all its employees. $110 million in cuts to the national weather service. a big cut to state disaster preparedness plans. so right now our emergency operation centers in oregon, in california, in hawaii are in full swing, and the reason that they are able to be in touch with people in scattered coastal communities, in relatively difficult areas is because of the federal assistance that we've given to them to set up these centers. and under the republicans' budget, we would cut $206 million from state emergency operation centers. now, where are the states going to get the money in this bad climate? i guess those places won't be tended to either. we won't know the tidal waves
talking about the japan on the effect but now we're adding libya. >> there are so many periods of unrest all over the world but right now, i think wall street is focused on libya. probably it would have ended up higher if we know what was going to happen because a lot of people were afraid to put their money in, not knowing what was going to be happening but it is taking oil off the market. a lot of times when oil is off the market, oil will go up and so will gas prices. what we can expect from wall street is a lot of volatility. we're not going to see up, up or down, down, there are lots of reasons we should take a correction. s&p 500 is well above since december. >> heather: when you see the markets fluctuate according to large events, whether they be domestic or international, what affect does it have if any when you have so many events at once going on? >> the markets are going to be leading indicator, to be a fortune teller in a sense, priced in all of these things. it has been much more reactive of late. but has taken a positive stance toward japan. pretty positive stance to libya.
gadhafi actually survive? >>> plus a top nuclear scientist says the disaster over in japan reminds us over here that the nuclear industry over here in the united states has gained control of the agency, which is supposed to regulate it. the nuclear regulatory commission. in other words, in the nrc, the foxes are guarding the hen house. how do we fix this baby? >>> and the juiciest story of the day for "hardball." it's now likely that michelle bauchmann will launch a exploratory committee. but she says she hasn't decided whether or not to run or not for the president. when was the last time anybody watch canning remember someone forming an exploratory committee running for president and not actually running? by the way, didn't we create her here? let's all thank sarah palin for setting us straight. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is now about to speak. we're breaking here, breaking news. let's listen to her live. >> 1907 and 1972 and protect the civilians of libya. events have moved very quickly. so let's be clear about where we stand and how we got here. when the libyan people sough
for watching. >> chris: i'm chris wallace and this is "fox news sunday." japan is rocked by a huge earthquake and then a devastating tsunami. that killed hundreds and damaged two nuclear plants. we'll have the latest from japanese and talk with a nuclear safety expert. >>> congress deadlocked over the budget as gas prices climb. we'll does this with mitch mcconnell. >> we'll sit down with senators mark warner and chambliss saxby. plus the latest on libya. what can and should president obama do to oust muammar qaddafi. we'll ask our sunday panel. the undercover provocateur strikes again. >>> hello again from fox news in washington. here's the latest on the situation in japan. officials fear more than 10,000 people may have been killed in the earthquake and the tsunami. they're fighting partial meltdowns at two nearby reactors. and more than 170,000 people have been evacuated from around the plants as a precaution. for more we turn to fox news correspondent greg patcot in japanese. >> the words of the japanese prime minister, probably considered in the town we are in and through the northeaster
into an end game that doesn't overcommit us when we're already committed now? we've got this crisis in japan we're trying to help with, etc. so we are stretched thin. >> reporter: general and michael, thank you very much. >> thanks, shannon. >>> well, a leading figure of the libyan opposition movement has released a statement praising coalition forces for military action against qaddafi's regime. ththe pribs's family prince's fd from libya after the coup said the international community should help libya move forward. he said the libyan people cry out to the world to champion their rally for freedom and democracy. steve harrigan and rick leventhal have been provided around the clock coverage. steve was on the air as air strikes hit the area. you can follow that and catch all the developments in libya as military action continues. just log onto >>> well, a glimmer of hope in such a tragic story in japan. an 80-year-old woman and a teenage boy were rescued from the wreckage of a house in northeastern japan nine days after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. both of them were wea
why technologically we can't employ nuclear energy in a safe and effective way, japan does it and france does it. >> all right. well, that was a little while back, in 2009. good morning, everyone. times have changed. it's wednesday, march 16th. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set, we have msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halperin. the national affairs editor for "new york" magazine, john heilemann and once again, we have the director of the earth institute at columbia university, dr. jeffrey sachs. good to have you on board, gentlemen. >> the "new york times" story, just absolutely gripping. >> we're starting with that. >> you go through the papers and, of course, japan, absolutely dominates the scene. there's "the new york times," "the washington post" talks about radiation fears. "the financial times" talks about how the radiation fears are shaking the market and the "daily news" talks about panic. i don't know if we're quite there yet as far as panic goes but the situation appears more bleak by the day. >> let's get right to it and we can talk
that have happened around the world, it is facing more conflict plus japan which may be the largest issue that we're facing. >> andrea, it is unbelievable. i repeated to him, the associated press lead, we were on the air doing wrap-up from his speech the other night and they obviously had this set to go. they hit send. and their lead contained the words president obama defended the first war launched on his watch. i left the interview and you've been around this so many times yourself, and i passed through what i called the machinery of the presidency. the security, the aides, there was the tall air force officer serving as the military de you look at his feet. there is theootbal all of the people flew in with him. he has these three plates, balancing on sticks right now. americans in uniform fighting on at least three fronts. that leaves out special forces that are dug into places we can't imagine. and it is quite a world view, i guess, and are we entering this period of kind of ad libbed on the fly foreign policy where these nations are changing in north africa and the middle east befor
: u.s. navy is rushing to deliver fresh water to japan's damaged nuclear plant to replace the corrosive sea water to try to cool the overheated reashh. fear is the sea water could further compromise efforts to stabilize the reactors. all of this coming as another spike in radiation. japanese government spokesperson the efforts of plant's workers seem to be keeping from the situation getting worse but it's too soon to be optimistic. >> heather: tea party helped the republicans win the house but house speaker john boehner is feeling the heat from some in the tea party movement. tea party nation sounder, he is accusing the speaker of a breaking a pledge to slash spending so he is pushing for a primary opponent against boehner. here is managing editor of the hill. thank you for joining us. let's get off the top, judson phillips he as bull's-eye on the speaker of the house. he says he is a compromised too much when it comes to spending. in your opinion should speaker boehner be concerned and what sort of fracture is this creating on capitol hill? >> she going to win his next re
in japan. for the first time fukushima plant owners are admitting four of the six reactors had too far gone to be saved. radiation near the plant has spiked to more than 3,000 times normal levels. that's the highest rate yet. inside those reactors, there is so much" caed water, workers are running out of places to put it. charles hadlock is in the region closely following the latest details. i guess when you take a look at the announcement of the four reactors not necessarily surprising given the pictures and reports that we've been hearing. >> reporter: that's right. the moment the saltwater was poured on to those reactors they were dome because of the corrosive nature of the saltwater. they're going to have to decommission the plant. right now they're just trying to bring the reactors under control and to do that, they have been pumping water through the reactors to try to cool them down. as they do that, radioactive water is coming out the other end in broken pipes and cracks in the system. so much water has now collected underneath the reactors and in trenches outside that they brought
. a distance of 253 miles. >>> japan is under pressure to expand the evacuation zone at the fukushima nuclear complex. high radiation has been detected 12 miles outside the zone. sea water radiation is still climbing. officials say it is 100 times higher than a week ago. >> in this country, the environmental protection agency is going to keep a closer check on dairy products. the epa says radiation from japan has been detected in milk on the u.s. west coast. the government says it is miniscule compared to what most of us absorb every day and maintains the milk is perfectly safe. still, dairy farmers say people are curious. >> we had a lot of customers today and ask about it as they are buying six and eight gallons of milk. i'm not too concerned. >> u.s. labor department says first time unemployment claims fell to 388,000 last week. that's down 6,000 from the week before. the nation's overall jobless picture may be clearer tomorrow when the government releases the unemployment report for all of march. >>> u.s. house and senate negotiators agreed to cut $73 billion from the federal budget for t
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